Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
12%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.58 | pDev: 7.64%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
488
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AleSmith Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
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Reviews by jlindros:
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another big milestone, 2500 reviews... and about to take a big trip to China and Belgium so in honor of that as well. Huge thanks to peterdactyl (Reddit) for this one, shared with rudzud.

Pours an awesome looking dark fluffy 1 finger head, great lacing, pitch black with great legs.

Nose is awesome, addicting, great barrel and bourbon, vanilla oak, light coffee, sweet candy like the candy you had as a kid that made your legs buckle, caramel. Vanilla, Belgian choc, rich and heavy overall, slightly earthy mellow smooth coffee, quite nice of... well everything. Amazing nose.

Taste is very good, great flavors ally around. Starting with the dark malts, dark choc and black malt and just a little char, some caramel and creamy choc, light warming booze, thick syrupy dark choc syrup, fluffy nougat as well but super dark. Some barrel, light vanilla toasty barrel. Then some coffee, smooth rich earthy slightly nutty coffee. Finish is great, sweet syrupy thick, rich coffee syrup, dark choc and little char lingering.

Mouth is full bodied, syrupy, decent carb, some warming booze

Overall fantastic. Not aces across the board, but a very well done beer all around. Great coffee and chocolate, nice barrel but I wish the barrel came through a bit more.

May 08, 2013
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brotherloco from California

4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml foiled and capped bottle. 2013 release. Served in my Eclipse snifter.

Very excited to get a hold of this, my first Barrel Aged Alesmith beer.

Pours as black as beer gets with half a finger of mocha colored foam. Settles to a small ring of dense bubbles. A strand or two of lacing is left behind in the glass.

Aroma of everything I look for in a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Dusty oak, vanilla, coconut, chocolate, caramel, coffee, and fruit. Complex and stunning. A hint of alcohol sits on top.

Taste begins with some of the aroma's fruit notes, with banana and cherry dominating. Quickly turns to the richer notes, like melted chocolate and vanilla ice cream covered with caramel. A little bit of saltiness at this point as well. Coffee is most present in the finish, with roasty, but very smooth bitterness blending beautifully with all the other elements. Alcohol contributes a noticeable heat as well as a spicy chili pepper note to the flavor. Although again, very well blended.

Full bodied, but quite slick with a medium level of carbonation. Maybe gets a little thick over time, but you expect that with this style.

Overall I'm really loving this beer. Complex and evolving aromas and flavors from all the ingredients, but blended well and playing nicely together.

Apr 27, 2013
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.56/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from the Doodler a while back. Cheers for the trade man!

From a 75cl bottle into a snifter
Drank this one along side the regular Speedway and kop versions.

APPEARANCE: Pours black yielding a two finger, medium looking mocha head with very good retention. Black body, clear, with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to a wisp that sticks to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some bits of lacing down the glass. A touch darker than the regular kopi version.

SMELL: Very bourbon heavy. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, coconut and oak on the nose. Sweet cream and caramel as well, but the combination outplays the coffee and roast from the base beer. Still, this isn't necessarily a bad thing, all things considering.

TASTE: Bourbon heavy again, with vanilla, coconut and sweet cream up front. A big finish of bourbon barrel, coconut cream, some bitter coffee comes through as well as some burnt grains from the base beer. Very sweet, but actually quite good, and more balanced with more from the base beer than the nose. Some light perfume notes from the alcohol, which actually gets more prevalent as the beer sits. Drink it fast.

PALATE: A touch lighter than the regular kopi version. Medium body, with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A slight prickly punch at the back after the swallow. A bit lighter than the others, but still fine for the style.

OVERALL: Pretty good, and definitely the best of the three bottle set we had that day, though that's not saying all that much. The bourbon was relatively overpowering, but that's not a bad thing, considering it masked whatever cabbage and band aid the base beer may have been wielding that day. The perfume flavors in the finish got tougher and tougher as it sat, but if a small sample is drunk fast enough, you may not notice. Thanks again Doodler! Always a pleasure.

Jan 27, 2014
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HOPSareKey from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge improvement over the regular version. This is why ba beer is ba.

May 04, 2015
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Thehuntmaster from South Africa

4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle 12,0% Abv.
Served chilled in a snifter.
2013 Vintage

A massive thanks to futura123 for this one.

Appearance: BA Kopi Speedway appears midnight black in the glass with hints of deep red appearing along the edges of the glass when back light. A rough pour yields a massive dark tan coloured head that lasts well for a barrel-aged beer and leaves a touch of lacing. Swirling the beer results in thick, sticky alcohol legs coating the glass.

Smell: Wow, the initial nose is absolutely sublime - there is a fantastic earthy coffee character, rich dark chocolate, sweet dark caramel and a touch of bourbon. As the beer warms, the barrel character absolutely takes off with a ton of sweet creamy vanilla and slightly boozey bourbon obliterating the coffee. Other notes include: Sweet dark fruits, toffee and brown sugar.

Taste: There is far more barrel character in the initial flavour than the nose suggested and it really dominates the other flavours. Notes include: Big sweetness, sweet vanilla, milk chocolate, sugary caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, sweet cream, a fair amount of booze and a little earthy coffee with a welcome touch of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The is quite a bit of carbonation for a barrel-aged beer (high level), but it is just smooth enough. The body is just shy of full and offers a nice stickiness.

Overall: BA Kopi Speedway is a solid barrel-aged imperial stout, but it does get a little sweet and I can't help but feeling that the coffee should shine a lot more than it does, I mean it is the worlds most expensive coffee after all.

Jan 17, 2014
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IrishColonial from Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Apr 26, 2013
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gillagorilla from Maryland

4/5  rDev -12.7%

Oct 29, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.26/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one during the Churchill's weekend festivities.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and creamy coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with a bourbon flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great smell and some really tasty flavors.

Mar 05, 2013
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Willzer

5/5  rDev +9.2%

Mar 01, 2013
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jrnyc from New York

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Mar 24, 2014
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MrNate from Florida

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Mar 13, 2014
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ArchEnemyBrew from Washington

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Jul 21, 2013
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Bartos from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Mar 08, 2014
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Eternal218 from California

4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 07, 2015
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alaimoa from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +9.2%

Oct 23, 2013
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mdaschaf from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 18, 2015
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Zorora from California

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Oct 08, 2014
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hannydawg from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

May 23, 2013
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JasonLovesBeer from Canada

5/5  rDev +9.2%

Mar 09, 2014
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cosmonick from Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Aug 03, 2013
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Hallertau from Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jan 19, 2015
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IPAyForHops from California

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Jun 26, 2013
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douginromeo from Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.2%

Apr 05, 2014
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wsnich from Texas

4/5  rDev -12.7%

Apr 02, 2014
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Tienicus from California

5/5  rDev +9.2%

Apr 02, 2013
Speedway Stout - Kopi Luwak - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 488 ratings